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"The most exciting thing for me at King's InterHigh is having students that are based all over the world that I teach simultaneously."
I studied for a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design before completing a BA (Hons) in Photography in the Arts with modules in Fine Art and Illustration. I also have a Postgraduate Certificate of Education Secondary Art & Design.
I decided to become a teacher after many years working with young people as a residential social worker. I realised that my personal background in art could be very transferable. One summer I created a workshop in art and photography and was lucky enough to receive funding to launch my workshop and test myself as a teacher. Later I worked in Vietnam with street children at a centre in Ho Chi Minh City called the 15th of May school. I loved the experience so much I decided to become a teacher.
I love the way in education we build relationships with young people to help them reach their goals and their aspirations. I find it rewarding to find out that so many past students have gone on to be successful in their adult lives. I particularly like the varied way in which we interact with students to motivate and bring out the very best in them.
I’ve spent many years working in international schools all over the world and around half of my career in the UK.
I realise that online schools have many benefits and in my subject area I notice that students can focus on practical outcomes. This improves the student’s technical ability. Students can follow my demonstrations with much less distraction. I think online teaching has a place in the future so the skills that I’ve developed will hold me in good stead for the future.
At King’s InterHigh my interactions with students are very different. I spend much less time on helping students move around the school building, where to put their bags, how to line up nicely outside a classroom, instead I spend a lot more time communicating directly with individual students. This allows me to spend more time on academic detail and practical demonstrations.
Currently the most exciting thing for me at King’s InterHigh is having students that are based all over the world that I teach simultaneously.
As a new teacher I’m not entirely familiar with the platform yet but I can see that it has massive potential, and that students planning is rigorous. I think it is so beneficial that students can go back and rewatch their lessons.
My favourite thing to do outside of the classroom is plan my next adventure. During lockdown I haven’t been able to go abroad but I’ve enjoyed walking in the Welsh mountains, and I live in Mid Devon, so I often go walking with my dog on Dartmoor.
Our online school is unique in its flexibility, approach and accessibility. Effective classroom learning without interruptions allows pupils to progress in their learning giving them time to pursue other interests.
Our British Curriculum, offering a complete core of Key Stage 2 subjects right through to IGCSE and A Levels, provides the perfect foundation for future studies. Our revolutionary teaching model allows pupils to make excellent progress in rapid time.